BAI acquires Mobilitie, leader in telecoms infrastructures
BAI Communications (BAI), a global provider of communications infrastructure, recently ad that it acquired Mobilitie, the largest privately held telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. The acquisition will expand BAI’s business in North America, where the company provides cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to large infrastructure projects such as the New York City subway system, as part of its majority-owned business, Transit Wireless. The transaction also extends BAI’s coast-to-coast presence in one of the world’s fastest growing connected infrastructure markets.
The acquisition of Mobilitie also marks a major step in BAI Communications’ growth strategy and supports the company’s desire to become one of the main players in 5G connected infrastructure in North America, as well as around the world. .
The transaction also brings together two organizations that complement each other well. BAI can immediately expand and diversify its solution and service offering beyond its current global markets, thanks to Mobilitie’s assets and operations on outdoor and indoor 5G wireless infrastructure, its global credibility in the deployment of small cells and his work with transit operators in major US cities. BAI can combine them with its expertise in providing communication infrastructure in dense urban and transit environments. Combining the expertise, scale and infrastructure portfolios of each company will enable BAI to help telecom operators and municipalities in the United States and its other markets internationally achieve the smart city opportunities that 5G services offer around the world.
“BAI’s acquisition of Mobilitie makes us one of the leading providers of telecommunications infrastructure in the United States and the largest provider of wireless connectivity solutions for mass transit in North America,” said BAI Communications Group CEO Igor Leprince said in a statement. “This reflects our ambitions for the United States as well as the other markets in which we operate globally and places us in an ideal position to capitalize on the growing priority of connected infrastructure in regions such as the United Kingdom and Europe. The scale and solid relationships with large site operators and mobile network operators that Mobilitie brings perfectly match BAI’s existing leadership in connected transport and infrastructure.
“Mobilitie, like BAI, places great importance on providing technical expertise and impeccable delivery to its customers, alongside its deep commitment to exceptional customer service. This alignment and the complementarity of our offers make it an exciting movement for BAI and our customers around the world. This positions us strongly to extend and extend the work that we are already delivering ”,
Mobilitie’s portfolio includes existing agreements to provide wireless communications to transit systems in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. The acquisition will also add Mobilitie’s broader portfolio of 220 sites in 39 states, 10,000 small cells in 45 states and 300 tower sites in 14 states to BAI’s operations. This builds on BAI’s existing success in providing neutral host infrastructure in major subways in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong, and in Australia with one of the most extensive broadcast networks in the world. It will also support BAI’s expansion in the UK and Europe as it pursues and wins significant opportunities.
“We are very excited about this transaction, which increases Mobilitie’s impact on the global market. BAI’s importance as a 5G player, along with Mobilitie, will allow unprecedented support from US mobile operators, ”said Gary Jabara, founder and president of Mobilitie in a statement. “This puts us on a clear, long-term path to dramatically accelerate our business and help our customers, especially mobile network operators. By combining BAI’s connectivity solutions and international presence with Mobilitie’s North American assets, including our national presence of Tier 1 sites, transit systems in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, along with the 10,000 small cells and thousands of small cells in New York City that surround BAI’s existing assets, positions us better than anyone for the growth of 5G in North America.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.
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